I have a whole pile of big negs that serve as conclusive proof that bigger isn't automatically better!
I decided to go LF as a hobby - my job has me sitting in front of a computer, often running DP software. I wanted to go low-tech with my photography, which for me meant building an 8xi10 camera and contact printing. I had no delusions that a bigger neg automatically made my photos better.
I've since added a baby to the household (well, I guess my wife did the heavy lifting there), and so, addicted to the big neg, I recently picked up a 4x5 SLR.
Even though it lets you see what's going on right up to the instant of exposure, it's still not the ideal camera for capturing fast kid action. I'll get faster with it, and enjoy the heck out of it, but it's not necessarily ideal for some shooting situations.
Case in point - yesterday I was taking pictures of the baby. I had the back rotated to "portrait," and she started crawling. One of the dogs (who both usually make a hasty exit once she's on the move) came over to see what she was up to. I got the shot, but it would have been better with the back rotated to "landscape." With 35mm, I could have just rotated the camera in the blink an eye.
Still, I'm having fun with 4xi5 kid shots, and will get better with it. But it's not for every situation.
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Last edited by Max; 10-13-2004 at 02:23 PM. Click to view previous post history.